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Learning to Move Karen E. Adolph
 

Summary: Learning to Move
Karen E. Adolph
New York University
ABSTRACT--Locomotion--moving the body from place to
place--is one of infants' greatest achievements. In addition
to conquering gravity, infants must cope with variable and
novel constraints on balance and propulsion. At the same
time that they are learning to move, changes in infants'
bodies, skills, and environments change the biomechanical
constraints on movement. Recent work highlights both
flexibility and specificity in infants' responses to novel and
variable situations, demonstrating that infants are learn-
ing to learn as they master locomotion. Within sitting,
crawling, cruising, and walking postures, experienced
infants adapt their locomotor responses to the current
biomechanical constraints on movement. However, what
infants have learned about coping with variability and
novelty in earlier-developing postures does not transfer to
later-developing postures.
KEYWORDS--locomotion; perception­action; crawling; walk-

  

Source: Adolph, Karen - Center for Neural Science & Department of Psychology, New York University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine